Dear Media: Stop Using The Term “Lone Wolf”!!!!!!

Wolf-pup

Stop Demonizing My Brothers and Sisters

Update: October 23, 2014

Fox is airing a special tonight called “The Lone Wolves Of Terror”, so I rest my case.  Hundreds of years after the first Europeans set foot on this continent, we’re still demonizing wolves through words and deeds. I know wolves have greater problems right now but it’s all cumulative.

Big, Bad Wolf

Wolf at the door

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Cry Wolf

Keep Wolves at Bay

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Lone Wolf

Wolf Down Your Food

Keep the Wolf From the Door

Thrown to the Wolves

Can anyone think of anymore, I’m sure I’m missing plenty?

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October 22, 2014

Wolves have enough problems fighting a distorted public image, without the media demonizing them on a daily basis. I’m referring to the constant use of two words – LONE WOLF! The MSM is tripping over themselves to repeat it as many times as possible. It’s driving me nuts. I think I heard it on the news tonight at least ten times. With the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, news anchors and talking heads can’t seem to stop using this derogatory term.. It even has its own Wiki entry:

Lone wolf (terrorism) From WIKI: A lone wolf or lone-wolf fighter is someone who commits or prepares for, or is suspected of committing or preparing for, violent acts in support of some group, movement, or ideology, but who does so alone, outside of any command structure and without material assistance from any group.

A plea to the media. Please obtain a thesaurus app and find something else to call dangerous, horrible people. This may  seem petty to some but anyone who works in wolf advocacy knows that perception is everything. Wolves are suffering all around the world. They’re being hunted in Canada, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin and soon Minnesota. They’re aerial gunned by Wildlife Services, poached, tortured, poisoned, gut shot, trapped, snared  and chased by hunting dogs. They’re still even demonized in film, ie: The Grey, A real LONE WOLF is nothing to be afraid of, it’s just a wolf who’s dispersed from its natal pack or been driven off by their pack and on their own. They’re not doing anything wrong, in fact a lone wolf’s life can be very hard,  without the safety of pack numbers. So please Talking Heads stop saying Lone Wolf over and over and over again when referring to bad actors.

 OR7 was a lone wolf for years, did he bother anyone? NO!

That’s my rant for today! 🙂

For the wolves, For lone wolves,

Nabeki

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Posted in: gray wolf

Photo: Courtesy Fanpop

Tags: Lone wolf, lone wolf term overused, media needs a thesaurus

Published in: on October 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm  Comments (34)  
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Wolves and Ravens…A Symbiosis

Enjoy watching a wild wolf in his element, interacting with ravens.

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The Raven and the Wolf, A Study in Symbiosis

http://aviannovice.hubpages.com/hub/The-Raven-and-the-Wolf-A-Study-in-Symbiosis

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Top Video: VARG Wolf (Canis lupus) Klipp – 794

Posted in: Biodiversity, gray wolf

Tags: Wolves, ravens, lone wolf

Published in: on October 21, 2012 at 4:54 am  Comments (21)  
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OR 7 Hanging With Wily Coyote

OR 7/Journey  (Photo Richard Shinn Associated Press)

Looks like Journey/OR7 has found a few friends. He’s still vacationing in the Golden State and was recently spotted romping with several coyotes. Normally wolves and coyotes are not friendly but when you’re the only wolf in California it can get awfully lonely.

Wolves are social animals so I’m sure he’s pining  for canine company, even the little “song dogs” will do.

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California’s lone wolf seen mingling with coyotes

Peter Fimrite

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The lone wolf of California may not be as lonely as the experts thought.

The gray wolf, known to scientists as OR7 and to wolf advocates as Journey, was spotted last week in Modoc County cavorting with a group of coyotes.

Karen Kovacs, the wildlife program manager for the California Department of Fish and Game, said state biologists, game wardens and a federal trapper were in the southwestern part of the county Tuesday to discuss with ranchers the presence of the wolf, which had been tracked by GPS signals to the area.

Odd flirtation with coyotes

At one point the group members stopped and scanned with their binoculars a sagebrush-covered hillside, and to their shock and delight, there stood the most famous canine in California.

“He was about 100 yards away and looking toward them. He may have heard their voices and came out to investigate,” Kovacs said. “Then he moved off and was subsequently joined by coyotes.”

Kovacs said two of the three coyotes came up right next to the 90- to 100-pound wolf.

“They were in very close proximity to OR7,” she said. “I think it was kind of a mutual thing. Maybe there had been some prior contact. They did go off in the same direction together, but shortly after that OR7 went off by himself and then disappeared out of view.”

Read more:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/12/BAMM1OGAMM.DTL#ixzz1upTdwmzY

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Photo: Courtesy Richard Shinn Associated Press

Posted in: California wolf, biodiversity

Tags: OR 7/Journey, Lone wolf,  coyotes, California, Golden State

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